LEE COUNTY, Fla. - On June 10, 2011 at approximately 6:15 pm, a detective with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Highway Interdiction Unit was patrolling Interstate 75 near mile marker 132 when he noticed a white Ford Crown Victoria headed northbound, travelling slowly in the left lane. The vehicle had no rear view mirror and the driver's actions had caused traffic to back up for about a mile. The driver also drifted in and out of his lane numerous times. The erratic driving prompted the detective to initiate a traffic stop just south of mile marker 143.
The detective made contact with Marcus T. Jones, who was the operator of the vehicle. A three year old girl was inside a car seat attached to the left passenger seat. Jones apologized for his driving, stating the vehicle had numerous mechanical problems and was difficult to drive straight. Further investigation revealed no signs of impairment and Jones was told he would be given a written warning for his traffic violations. Jones remained noticeably nervous, talkative, yet vague with his travel plans.
He even admitted being recently released from prison and trying to straighten out his life. He consented to a search of his vehicle during which a hydraulic compartment was discovered in the bag area of the vehicle along with a large bundled package. It contained 5.3 ounces of powder cocaine (approximately one-third pound). The compartment was able to be opened using an antenna button on the dashboard.
Further investigation revealed Jones had purchased the cocaine in Miami and would make $200 an ounce selling it in the Tampa area. The street value of the cocaine was approximately $6,000.
The child was turned over to the custody of her mother. Michael T. Jones, DOB 11-30-71, of Land O Lakes, Florida was arrested and charged with the following: Trafficking in Cocaine 28 grams or more, Possession of Cocaine with intent to deliver, Felony Drug Paraphernalia, and Keeping a Vehicle to transport drugs.